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   Posted 11/27/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Well the last post I posted regarding diarrhea with no blood soon turned into blood, resulting in 2 trips to the ER and then a stay where thankfully I got a Remicade infusion. They would not let me eat at the hospital at all, stating it was hard on the colon. I have heard wheat gluten is horrible for people with colitis. My dr. said protein is hard to digest. I heard processed foods are hard. I feel like all I can eat is bananas and fish. I am down to 112 pounds (I'm almost 5'5). What are some things I can eat?

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   Posted 11/27/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Just eat...you NEED protein...and hard to digest only means it takes longer to digest...you can add a digestive enzyme for protein when you're eating it.
I don't believe gluten is horrible for people with UC. I have no problem with those foods....but, you can look into the diets that are suggested by many on the forum...such as the SCD

Do you eat eggs, chicken, fish, ?

What are you basically eating now?

*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
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~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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Post Edited (quincy) : 11/27/2007 4:34:21 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/27/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont like to eat a ton of wheat either so i like a lot of rice... and potato stuffs.
Kara, 20
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis March, 07
-Left sided all the way up
-Was on Colazal..it didn't do anything for me. Had horrible flare up...been on lialda and pred since. Seems to be working!
Medications: Colazal 3 pills 3x a day
                  Prednisone - 30mg in the morning w/ food.
                  Lialda - 2 pills in the morning w/ food.

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   Posted 11/27/2007 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
AJ, the only food I can think of that I've never seen anyone here say is bad for them is rice. Since you obviously can't eat just rice, you'll just have to use trial and error, I guess.

To start with, I'd stay away from spicy and fatty foods, also dairy products and very high fiber foods like beans and raw fruits and veggies. Those seem to be the things that bother most people. Try introducing one or two foods and see what bothers you and what doesn't.

Protein takes longer to digest, but is very high in food value. Carbs are the easiest to digest, but too many carbs can cause problems. I'd just try a little of things, trying to keep the diet balanced.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade. Completely off steroids for more than a year now! In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
Now tapering Azathioprine, please pray for me.
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   Posted 11/28/2007 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
If you're concerned about weight loss and getting proper nutrition while you're in a flare, you may want to look into Absorb Plus, an enteral shake mix developed specifically for IBDers, developed by a Crohn's sufferer. Everything is predigested, so you get the nutrition you need while your bowel rests. Comes in three flavors and really tastes good, too.

Safe foods for me are tender white meat of chicken or turkey, scrambled eggs, soft-cooked green beans, peas, carrots and squashes, vegetable soups, nut butters and healthy oils - fish, flax and olive. I avoid sugar, dairy and grains.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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   Posted 11/28/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you considered seeing a nutrionist? For me really bland foods work during a flare....baked potatos, applesauce..hummos and pita are a flare favorite. I also drank Carnation Instant Breakfast w/ Lactaid milk.
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-6 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Prilosec OTC

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   Posted 11/28/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow you guys thanks so much for all the info.

I took a look at the SCD diet - WOW. Does anyone here follow it? Does it really help?

It had been so long since a flare (save the one I had a couple months ago) that I feel like a newbie - I think it's really just that I would be in a flare, eat light, etc., then eat crap til my next flare, which could sometimes be years. I think I had been told too much that food had nothing to do with it.


I am going to look into this more and keep you all posted. I would love to hear more about what others are trying.

Thanks again!!  yeah

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   Posted 11/28/2007 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, there are folks here who follow it, have tried it or are currently doing some variation of it. It requires a big commitment in time and effort, but it's worth it when it works. For some, it takes some trial and error. Sometimes allowable foods can cause problems and forbidden foods are okay for some people.

In addition to the SCD, there are other dietary recommendations that are less restrictive. While you're researching, check out these:

The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut

What to Eat with IBD

Listen to Your Gut

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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   Posted 11/29/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
i heard that miso soup is very good for us UC'ers
steph - 31 year old female - diagnosed UC in 2000
started as proctitis and now is pancolitis..this year long flare is now severe on left side only to splenic flexure. 
50mg prednisone 1x day with breakfast 5 weeks now.. will taper next week by 10mg every 5 days.
2x 500mg mesalazine 2x morning & night - colifoam enima 1x at night - 1/2 endone every 6 hours for pain
now taking calcium supps for pred side effects - got lots of those!
50mg imuran 1x day 8pm to have a baby - VSL#3 didnt work - Aloe Elite didnt work - Budesonide didnt work
ive lost 40+lbs and my legs look like sticks ... ewww

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